SFI BLUES is a centre which develop new knowledge and technology that will contribute to solving the several industrial and societal challenges the world is facing. Our ambition is to enable Norwegian industry to create new types of floating stationary structures, which will satisfy the needs and requirements from renewable energy, aquaculture, and coastal infrastructure.
Due to the ongoing transition in the world’s energy mix to meet the goals stated in the Paris agreement, the need for clean energy is now global. Changes in diets and an increase in the world’s population also generate a need for safe and healthy food. Further, in a changing climate, requests for increased mobility, as well as shortage on area, introduce a need for resilient infrastructure in coastal waters for transportation as well as industrial and residential developments.
Floating support structures have a huge potential for contributing to solving these challenges, but new applications imply new needs and requirements to safety, sustainability, cost, function, and operation. This leads to structures where we have limited experience. These structures will be diverse, but they have essential needs in common.